Pedestrian Accidents Rise In Tampa Bay

Pedestrian Accidents Rise In Tampa Bay

Both pedestrians and drivers share a very important responsibility – to coexist on the roads in a safe manner. However, the driver’s responsibility is that much more crucial. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents do occur far too often in the Tampa Bay Area. This often results in severe injuries for those on foot. If you’re a pedestrian injured in the Tampa Bay Area, you need an experienced attorney that will fight for you and your loved ones.  If you’re too injured to travel, we can come to you. Sadly, the number of pedestrian accidents in Florida continues to rise, when it is safety that should be prioritized.  

The Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater metro area is the fourth most dangerous place in the United States to take a walk. This is according to a new report from the urban development advocacy group, Smart Growth America. The group ranked each of the nation’s metros by pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents between 2016 and 2020.

Sadly, Tampa Bay is up four spots from last year. You are more likely to get hit as a pedestrian — 3.5 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people — than in heavy traffic areas like Miami (14th), Atlanta (27th), Los Angeles (32nd) and Dallas (44th). For context, seven of the top 20 most dangerous metros are in Florida. This very interesting considering, Florida has been pushing transportation innovation. Florida is a state that has long endorsed planning policy that prioritized auto-travel speed and efficiency above bicycle and pedestrian travel. However, it is definitely time to start to prioritize safety.

Pedestrians are particularly susceptible to injuries in collisions with vehicles due to the major difference in size and protection. The injuries pedestrians often suffer in such accidents can be devastating and life-altering. These injuries can include but are not limited to:

Fractures. The impact between a vehicle and a pedestrian can lead to broken bones, requiring extensive medical treatment. It can sometimes include surgery and often, ongoing rehabilitation.

Head Injuries. Pedestrians are at a high risk of brain injuries, ranging from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These head injuries can have long-term implications resulting in decreased cognitive function.

Spinal Cord Injuries. Severe accidents can cause damage to the spinal cord as well as other parts of the neck and back.

Internal Injuries. Internal injuries can include damage to internal organs, which may not produce symptoms at first but can increase over time.

PTSD. Pedestrian accidents often cause significant emotional trauma, causing flashbacks, nightmares, difficulty focusing, and other symptoms affecting one’s emotional state.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, here are the steps you’ll want to consider to protect your rights:

Get Immediate Medical Attention. Even injuries you think are minor should be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. The injuries can have long-term consequences if not addressed quickly and properly.

Contact Law Enforcement. Get a copy of the police report, as it can be useful if you decide to file a claim and determine liability quickly.

Find & Secure Evidence. If you are able, take  as many photos as you can. Also, get the insurance information of the driver. As you get treatment for your injury, keep all medical receipts, medical records, and any other information related to your injuries or the insurance process.

Call a car accident claims lawyer. An experienced attorney can assess the details of your case, provide legal advice, and help you seek compensation for your injuries, if you decide to file a claim. An experienced car accident claims attorney understands the law and can work within the legal system and through negotiations to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other losses.


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